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Two Zotac Z68 Mini-ITX Motherboards Previewed

Due to an unforeseen circumstance, namely a 7-day free trial of RIFT (hey, it’s a gaming site too. Right?), I am a bit late in posting the latest news regarding the appearance of the very first Z68 mini-ITX motherboard, which popped up for pre-order in Japan a few days ago. It looks like Zotac has another, or rather two, new high-end mini-ITX motherboards based on the highly anticipated...

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Gigabyte Drops P67-based ITX in Favor of Z68

Rumors of a P67-based mini-ITX motherboard from Gigabyte have been floating around the forums since CES2011 back in January. The plan was that Gigabyte was first set to release and H67 version and then follow it up with an overclockable P67 model later in the year. They got the first part. We had a chance to play with the H67-based model and although we found it to be a solid product, on par with...

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Z68 Mini-ITX: Are We There Yet?

While most of the ITX enthusiast crowd (myself included) have settled on an H67-based motherboard for our gaming system, we are all still eagerly awaiting the day when we are offered a true enthusiasts motherboard that will allow us to overclock our K-series Sandy Bridge processors. It was disappointing that none of the manufacturers took a chance on a P67-based mini-ITX motherboard, but now with...

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Gigabyte’s GA-H67N-USB3-B3 Reviewed

I’ve finally got my hands on the Gigabyte GA-H67N-USB3-B3 mini-ITX motherboard after many months of waiting (thanks Aurora) and I know a lot of ITX enthusiasts have high expectations for this board. I know I do, especially given the success of its predecessor, the GA-H55N-USB3, which proved to be a stable platform and provided excellent overclocking abilities. We all know that Intel has hamstrung...

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First B3 Mini-ITX Board Reviewed: ASRock H67M-ITX

It’s been a few months since there’s been a new mini-ITX motherboard to review. We had just gotten a taste of what Sandy Bridge motherboards had to offer mini-ITX gaming when the supply suddenly dried up. The wait is over. The first of the new mini-ITX boards is now available in the form of an ASRock H67M-ITX and I’ve picked one up for a review. It won’t be the only choice...

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DQ67EP: Intel’s Q67-Based Mini-ITX Motherboard

While mini-ITX enthusiast are eagerly awaiting the re-release of motherboards with the revised H67 chipset, many readers have pointed out that a new mini-ITX board has been spotted in the Intel stable. It is not, however, a revised DH67CF as expected, or even a much anticipated P67-based motherboard. Instead, it’s an entirely new mini-ITX motherboard based on the new Q67 chipset. It’s...

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HuntKey’s Jumper 300/ R90 PSU Reviewed by AnandTech

Any of you that are looking for a PSU for your next mini-ITX build should check out the review of HuntKey’s Jumper 300 power supply on AnandTech. It’s also a good read for anyone who is still unconvinced that they can run a decent gaming system on a small (albiet high-quality) power supply. The Jumper 300 (or R90 as it’s known overseas) carries an 80Plus Gold certification...

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ZOTAC Resumes Shipments of H67-ITX Motherboards

Zotac is the first manufacturer to announce that they have resumed global shipments of their mini-ITX Sandy Bridge motherboard, the H67-ITX. To differentiate the new board (with the updated H67 B3 chipset) from the previous version, Zotac has assigned it a new SKU, H67-ITX-C-E. Fans of Zotac will recognize this updated SKU for previous Zotac products. Zotac expects resellers to have the updated...

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How to Measure Your System’s Power Use

Several readers have asked me how I measured the actual power usage of my test system in last weeks article on power supplies. It’s a simple process that I recommend every system builder undertake at least once to get a first hand understanding of the power requirements of their systems. Here is a quick little step by step on how I did it: Go to your local hardware store and ask for a power...

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The Sparkle One: A GTX 570 in a Single Slot.

A couple of weeks ago I was asking around on the forums for suggestions on a single slot graphics card for a build I was planning. The consensus was that the Radeon HD5670 would be the best bet, as I had originally specified ‘no external power required’. Now that I have a better understanding of power requirements, I was leaning toward the HD5770 as the best single slot solution. Or not…...

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You Probably Don’t Need As Much Power As You Think!

One of the most common questions I am asked by readers is for recommendations on the best power supply for their mini-ITX gaming systems. It’s one of the more popular topics on our forums. Not surprisingly, many builders are faced with dilemma of trying to spec a power supply that will suit their builds. It needs to have enough power to run high end components, yet be compact enough to fit into...

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Intel Halts Shipments of Sandy Bridge Chipset

Reports are abound that Intel has halted shipments of its Cougar Point chipset for the Sandy Bridge platform and will be issuing recalls of the affected chips. Apparently, Intel has discovered a design flaw in the Series 6 chipset the affects the SATA II 3Gbps controller. Intel says that temperature and voltage will cause the link to degrade over time. They are expecting a 5% failure rate over...